Lydia Mordkovitch

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Born: April 30, 1944; Saratov, Russia  
Russian-born Lydia Mordkovitch has become one of the leading British violinists from the latter half of the twentieth century. A David Oistrakh protégée who has lived in England since 1980, she is quite eclectic in her repertory, playing a varied selection of works by composers from J.S. Bach to Maayani, with twentieth century Russian icons like Prokofiev and Shostakovich, as well as their counterparts from England -- Bax, Alwyn, Bliss, Howells, Read more and others -- figuring strongly in her concert programs. She has made well over 20 recordings, mainly for the British label Chandos, and has concertized frequently throughout Europe, Israel, and the United States.

Mordkovitch was born in the southeastern Russian city of Saratov on April 30, 1944. From 1960 to 1962 she studied music in Odessa at the Stolyarsky School of Music, after which she relocated to Moscow for studies at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory, where her most important teacher was David Oistrakh. Eventually she served as his assistant there from 1968 to 1970.

After capturing performance prizes in Kiev (National Young Musicians Competition) and Paris (Marguerite Long-Jacques Thibaud Competition) in 1967 and 1969, respectively, Mordkovitch launched her career in the Soviet Union, achieving some success. She also taught in Kishinyov at the Institute of Arts during this period (1970-1973).

In 1974 Mordkovitch emigrated to Israel, where she concertized regularly and taught in Jerusalem at the Academy of Music. Following her 1979 U.K. debut (Manchester, with John Barbirolli and the Hallé Orchestra), she found British soil more hospitable. After she relocated to England in 1980 she quickly put her career on the ascent. Mordkovitch's first recordings with Chandos appeared in the mid-'80s: her debut album contained sonatas by Prokofiev, Schumann, and Richard Strauss. She went on to record concertos by Kabalevsky (1987), Prokofiev (1988), Shostakovich (1989), and many others.

Throughout the 1980s and '90s, Mordkovitch appeared regularly with the major orchestras in London and elsewhere in the U.K., and frequently toured Europe and the United States, where she had debuted triumphantly in 1982 with Georg Solti and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. In 1995 Mordkovitch was appointed professor at the Royal Academy of Music in London. In addition to teaching, Mordkovitch has maintained an active schedule in the new century in both the concert hall and recording studio. Among her recent recordings is the 2006 CD of the Bliss Concerto for violin on Chandos. Read less

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Born: April 30, 1944; Saratov, Russia  
Russian-born Lydia Mordkovitch has become one of the leading British violinists from the latter half of the twentieth century. A David Oistrakh protégée who has lived in England since 1980, she is quite eclectic in her repertory, playing a varied selection of works by composers from J.S. Bach to Maayani, with twentieth century Russian icons like Prokofiev and Shostakovich, as well as their counterparts from England -- Bax, Alwyn, Bliss, Howells, Read more
WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
I. Andantino
II. Scherzo: Vivacissimo
III. Moderato
I. Allegro moderato
II. Andante assai
III. Allegro, ben marcato
I. Andante assai
II. Allegro brusco
III. Andante
IV. Allegrissimo
I. Marcia: Maestoso
II. Allegro assai
III. Andante con variazioni
I. Allegro moderato - Tranquillo -
II. Lento -
III. Allegro animato
I. Praeludium: Grave
II. Gavotte: Allegro moderato
III. Marchen (Tale): Andantino
IV. Theme and Variations
IV. Variation 1: Allegro moderato
IV. Variation 2: Allegro con energico
IV. Variation 3: Tempo di valse
IV. Variation 4: Fuga doppia
IV. Variation 5: Presto scherzando
IV. Variation 6: Tempo di mazurka - Allegro con fuoco
IV. Final Variation and Coda
V. Tarantella: Presto
I. Andantino
II. Scherzo: Vivacissimo
III. Moderato
I. Allegro moderato
II. Andante assai
III. Allegro, ben marcato
I. Assez mouvemente
II. Tranquillement
III. Vif
I. Largo
II. Allegro
III. Tempo di minuetto
IV. Andante sostenuto
V. Gigue: Molto allegro
I. Allegro moderato
II. Adagio
III. Scherzo: Vivo
IV. Finale: Andante
I. Preludium: Grave
II. Toccata: Vivace
III. Intermezzo: Andantino melancolio
IV. Rondo: Presto
I. Allegro leggiadro
II. Romance: In tempo sostenuto, quasi adagio
III. Rondo: Allegro sciolto assai
I. Allegro
II. Poco lento quasi adagio
III. In tempo moderato
II. Scherzo: Vivace
III. Andante cantabile - Pochissimo piu moto - Quasi tempo
IV. Finale: Con moto
I. Molto moderato
II. Vivace
III. Poco andante
IV. Allegro ma non troppo
IV. Wanderer's Night Song
V. On the Merry First of May
I. Allegro con brio
II. Allegretto quasi andantino
III. Allegro molto vivace
I. Lento doloroso - Allegro vivace
II. Allegretto tranquillo
III. Allegro animato
I. Allegro molto ed appassionato
II. Allegretto espressivo alla romanza
III. Allegro animato
I. Allegro moderato
II. Rondo: Vivace - Alla valse burlesca
III. Lento
I. Canzona: Canterellando. Con fluidezza
II. Danza: Allegro scherzando
III. Ditirambo: Festivamente
I. Introduzione: Maestoso (poco quasi cadenza) -
I. Allegro appassionato -
I. Cadenza I: Tranquillo cantabile
II. Theme and Variations: Theme: Andante con moto
II. Variation 1: Tranquillo cantabile, ma con moto
II. Variation 2: L'istesso tempo ma poco piu tranquillo
II. Variation 3: Allegretto tranquillo, grazioso
II. Variation 4: Allegro molto ritmico
II. Variation 5: Allegro molto
II. Variation 6: Allegro risoluto
II. Cadenza II: Tranquillo cantabile
III. Finale: Rondo: Allegro risoluto
I. Allegro con moto
II. Vivace
III. Moderato
I. Overture, Ballad and Scherzo: Allegro risoluto - Allegro moderato - Poco largamente
II. Adagio
III. Allegro - Slow valse tempo - Andante con moto
I. Allegro molto e con brio
II. Andante cantabile
III. Vivace giocoso
I. Toccata
II. Aria I
III. Aria II
IV. Capriccio
I. Vivace ma non troppo
II. Adagio
III. Allegro molto moderato
I. Allegro amabile
II. Andante tranquillo - Vivace
III. Allegro grazioso (quasi andante)
I. Allegro
II. Adagio
III. Un poco presto e con sentimento
IV. Presto agitato
I. Andante assai
II. Allegro brusco
III. Andante
IV. Allegrissimo
I. Moderato
II. Presto
III. Andante
IV. Allegro con brio
I. Allegro moderato
II. Scherzo and Trio
III. Andantino
IV. Allegro vivace
I. Allegro ma non troppo
II. Improvisation: Andante cantabile
III. Finale: Andante
I. Mit leidenschaftlichem Ausdruck
II. Allegretto
III. Lebhaft
I. Ziemlich langsam - Lebhaft
II. Sehr lebhaft
III. Leise einfach
IV. Bewegt
I. Allegro molto
II. Andante
III. Allegro vivo
IV. Allegro quasi presto
I. Allegro con fermezza
II. Andante sostenuto
III. Allegro vivace
I. Moderato con moto - Agitato - Tempo primo -
II. Vivace - Animando - Largamente - Cadenza -
III. Passacaglia
I. Moderato - Allegro - Tempo I - Allegro
II. Lament: Largo
III. Vivace - Andantino - Tempo I - Andantino - Tempo I - Andantino - Tempo I
I. Allegro energico
II. Adagio
III. Finale: Allegro molto
I. Sinfonia
II. Danses suisses
III. Scherzo
IV. Pas de deux: Adagio
IV. Pas de deux: Variation
IV. Pas de deux: Coda
I. Introduzione
II. Serenata
III. Tarantella
IV. Gavotte con due variazioni
V. Scherzino
VI. Minuetto e finale
I. Cantilene
II. Eglogue I
III. Eglogue II
IV. Gigue
V. Dithyrambe
I. Adagio ma non troppo
II. Recitative: Allegro moderato
III. Finale: Allegro molto
I. Allegretto ben moderato
II. Allegro
III. Recitativo - Fantasia: Ben moderato - Molto lento - A tempo moedrato
IV. Allegretto poco mosso
I. Allegro agitato - Adagio
II. Allegretto moderato - Allegro molto - Animato
Theme: Modere
Variation 1: Modere
Variation 2: Un peu moins modere
Variation 3: Modere, avec eclat
Variation 4: Vif et passionne
Variation 5: Tres modere
I. Allegro
II. Romance: Andante
III. Allegro non troppo
Chanson de matin, Op. 15, No. 2
Chanson de nuit, Op. 15, No. 1
Chanson de nuit, Op. 15, No. 1
Moderato, molto tranquillo -
Allegramente, molto energico -
Andantino, molto tranquillo -
Tempo I
I. Allegro molto
II. Poco adagio
III. Allegro con fuoco - In tempo meno mosso [Tempo moderato] - In tempo primo
I. Allegro ma non troppo
II. Allegretto e molto semplice
III. Allegro moderato alla marcia - Coda: Allegro e pesante
I. Andante tranquillo - Allegro molto moderato - Calmo, tempo I
II. Andante espressivo e sostenuto
III. Finale [Alleluja]: Allegro energico
I. Nocturne: Moderato
II. Scherzo: Allegro
III. Passacaglia: Andante
IV. Burlesque: Allegro con brio
I. Moderato
II. Adagio
III. Adagio - Allegro
I. Grave
II. Fugato
III. Allegretto poco scherzoso
IV. Finale: Con brio
I. Prelude, "Obsession": Poco vivace
II. Malinconia: Poco lento
III. Sarabande, "Danse des ombres": Lento
IV. Les furies: Allegro furioso
Violin Sonata No. 3 in D minor, Op. 27, No. 3, "Ballade"
I. Allemande: Lento maestoso
II. Sarabande: Quasi lento
III. Finale: Presto ma non troppo
I. L'aurore: Lento assai
II. Danse rustique: Allegro giocoso molto moderato
Violin Sonata No. 6 in E major, Op. 27, No. 6
I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Vivace non troppo
I. Prelude: Allegro moderato
II. Adagio
III. Finale: Allegro energico
I. Allegro moderato, patetico
II. Andantino tranquillo e dolce
III. Finale: Allegro molto, quasi presto
Nocturne
Tarantella
No. 1. The Fountain of Arethusa
No. 2. Narcissus
No. 3. Dryads and Pan
I. Moderato
II. Theme and Variations
III. Con brio - Allegro precipitato - Tempo I - Allegro precipitato
I. Andante cantabile
II. Allegro
III. Commodo [quasi allegretto]
IV. Allegro con brio - Piu presto


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